CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1 (2017)
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 30, 2017
MARILYN ARSEM (US)
Marilyn Arsem, Edge. Near Death Performance Art Experience, Boston, US (2013)
Our lives are ruled by time's inevitable,
relentless passage. Always we have less of it than we had a moment ago. How do
we move through time? How does time move through us? What is its effect on the
actions and body of the artist? What is its impact on the audience? How might
we more consciously use time as an element in performance?
Nothing exists outside of time. Time
operates on multiple scales simultaneously, and is revealed through different
manifestations. Everything around us has a life of its own, sometimes
considerably shorter than ours, and sometimes much longer.
The presence of time becomes apparent
through material and physical processes. What happens when we allow processes to unfold in the time that they
need? What occurs when we impose
different time frames on them? Is it possible to control time?
This workshop examines the significance
of time in live performance. We will explore a variety of ways in which we can
use time as an active element in our work. Working with time, against time and
through time, we will investigate how actions, sites, objects and ourselves are
impacted and altered. Serving as witnesses to each other's work, we will also
delve into the effects that playing with time has not only on ourselves as
performers but on viewers as well.
We ask audiences to spend their time with
us. What allows them to feel that it was worth giving a portion of their lives
to the experience of the work? It is important to know why you want the
presence of a witness when you perform, and what you want from them. What do
you offer in return?
A significant component of the workshop
will be private reflection and writing, as well as group discussions on
questions related to the topic of time, not just in the context of creating
performances but in our everyday lives as well. We cannot separate our performance art from our daily life. Our lives continue to proceed even as our
performances unfold through time.
Boston-based artist Marilyn Arsem has
been creating live events since 1975, from solo gallery performances to
large-scale, site-specific works at festivals, conferences, alternative spaces,
galleries, museums and universities worldwide. Most recently she has focused on
creating site-specific performances that are not planned in advance, but made
in response to a location that is selected on arrival. She is a member and
founder of Mobius, Inc., a Boston-based collaborative of interdisciplinary
artists. She taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for 27
years, establishing one of the most extensive programs internationally in
visually based performance art.
CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1 is an opportunity to be part
of a temporary community of artists who wish to focus deeply on their practice,
delving deeply to expose anew questions and connections, and learning from each
other. It is a place of sharing, of respect, of trust.
operates as a respite from the distractions of daily life and the obligations
of jobs and family, and sets aside the glamour of the art world and its
promises of recognition and fortune.
is a temporary community whose main focus is to further the medium of
performance cooperatively and communally, through practice and experimentation,
as we challenge each other to articulate more clearly our approaches, goals,
and methods. Acknowledging and respecting our differences encourages an
expansion of the breadth and richness of this medium of performance art.
role as a workshop facilitator in the CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1 is
to offer propositions to explore with artists who are at different stages in
the development of their practice. It is my task to pose questions, design
exercises, and help identify fresh possibilities so that participants can
examine anew their methods, choices, assumptions, expectations, and reasons for
making performances. Each person contributes a unique perspective and together
we investigate the questions that arise.